In a Potential One-and-Done Season, Ennis Says ‘A Lot of People Wrote Syracuse Off’

Ennis SI CoverBUFFALO — When the Syracuse basketball team walked out to practice on the floor of the HSBC Arena Wednesday afternoon, one particularly vocal Syracuse fan yelled from the stands, “Yo, Ennis. Shine, dude shine.”

Carlton Hickey is a former public safety officer at Syracuse and said he wants to see freshman point guard Tyler Ennis step up and be more aggressive in what could be his lone NCAA Tournament run with the Orange.

“I think he’s a helluva talent and he’s going to the NBA and I just want him to not be timid on the road to the Final Four because they need him to just step up and be a man about it,” Hickey, who has no inside information about Ennis’ future plans, told from his courtside seat. To read more of this story, click here

Boeheim Says Louisville and Michigan State Are Most ‘Dominant’ Teams Entering Tournament

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Syracuse PracticeBUFFALO -- Based on the eye test through his own glasses, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim thinks Michigan State and Louisville are the most “dominant” teams entering the NCAA Tournament.

“There’s not just that much difference between the teams,” Boeheim said here in advance of No. 3 Syracuse facing No. 14 Western Michigan in a South Region game Thursday. “That’s why I was impressed so much with Michigan State. They  didn’t just win the [Big Ten] tournament, they dominated the tournament. That’s the difference. To read more of this story, click here

No Shocker: Melo Picking Syracuse to Win NCAAs

ANTHONYNEW YORK — No shocker here, but Carmelo Anthony is picking Syracuse to win the NCAA championship despite their recent struggles.

“It happens, it happens,” Anthony said of the Orange, who have lost five of their last seven games after a 25-0 start. “They’ll bounce back.”

Asked if Syracuse — now projected as a 3 seed — can cut down the nets in North Texas, Anthony said “Without a doubt, I got them to win it. I’m picking them to win it.”

Anthony led Syracuse to its only previous NCAA championship as a freshman in 2003.

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Boeheim: ‘I don’t care if ACC Tournament is on the moon’

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Syracuse PracticeWhile fellow ACC newcomers Mike Brey and Jamie Dixon seem to be excited about entering their first ACC Tournament, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim didn’t exactly sound fired up about going down to Greensboro, N.C. later this week

“We’re looking forward to the challenge of  the tournament,” Boeheim, whose team is seeded No. 2 and opens play on Friday after a double-bye, said Monday on a conference call. “All that’s important when you play in a tournament is that they have a basketball court and an arena, and they’ve got that in Greensboro so we’re looking forward to the competition there.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement there, Jim. To read more of this story, click here

McCullough Thinks Ennis Will Return to Syracuse

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Chris McCullough hopes Tyler Ennis will return to Syracuse next year to be his point guard.

And the 6-foot-10 McCullough thinks it will happen, too.

“I’m pretty sure, I think he’s staying,” McCullough told after putting up 8 points as IMG Academy lost to St. Thomas More, 93-86, in the National Prep Championship semifinals on Wednesday at Albertus Magnus College.

“I talked to him last week and he said he’s still thinking about it. He didn’t make a decision yet. But hopefully he stays.” To read more of this story, click here

Bracketology: Syracuse Could Still Come Through Buffalo, MSG; Latest AP Top 25

Tyler EnnisFor much of this season it seemed virtually inevitable that Syracuse would secure the No. 1 seed in the East and would be lined up to play as many as four straight NCAA Tournament games without leaving New York State.

But that was before the Orange lost three of their last four games — to Boston College, Duke and Virginia — to tumble to No. 7 in the latest AP Top 25 poll.

Although the Orange have lost the ACC regular-season title to Virginia, they are still expected to challenge for the ACC tournament title — along with No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Virginia and No. 14 North Carolina. To read more of this story, click here

Poll: Who Should Win ACC Freshman of the Year, Ennis or Parker?

Parker-EnnisWith Syracuse and Duke set to face off Saturday at Cameron Indoor, it will mark the second meeting this season between two of the top freshmen in America and the two top rookies in the ACC: Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis and Duke’s Jabari Parker.

No. 1 Syracuse is 25-1, 12-1 in the ACC and is coming off Wednesday’s shocking OT loss to Boston College.

No. 5 Duke is 21-6, 10-4 and is coming off Thursday’s loss to arch-rival North Carolina in which the Tar Heel fans stormed the court after the win.

Whoever loses Saturday’s game will suddenly be riding a two-game losing streak.

With that in mind, we ask:

After BC Loss, Syracuse Must Focus on Duke

CuseYes, Syracuse blew a double-digit lead to a Boston College team that had been tied for last in the ACC.

Yes, the No. 1 Orange let one slip away.

And yes, Jim Boeheim’s club (25-1) is no longer undefeated.

But there’s not much time to worry about all that.

Jabari Parker and Duke await in Cameron Indoor on Saturday night.

“I’m really happy we’ve won 25 games, I’m happy,” Boeheim told reporters after his team’s 62-59 OT loss to BC, according to WAER Sports. “But we have to concentrate on what’s ahead.” To read more of this story, click here

VP Joe Biden Congratulates Tyler Ennis

Tyler Ennis’ 35-foot game-winning 3-pointer reached all the way to the Vice President of the United States on Thursday.

Joe Biden, a Syracuse Law School alum, called Ennis to congratulate him on the game-winner in Syracuse’s 58-56 victory over Pittsburgh.

The above photo was Tweeted out by the VP’s official Twitter.

Biden is known to root for the Orange. His office previously Tweeted out this photo of him wearing a “Beat Duke” shirt.

For more on Ennis’ backstory, watch this video documentary we did two years ago when he was at St. Benedict’s Prep — long before Ennis became an ESPN sensation.

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